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Brazilian researchers in Coimbra

Published: Thursday, 24 September 2015


The University of Coimbra is pleased to receive the secondments of three Brazilian researchers in this fall: Daniele Januário and Ricardo Barbosa from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) that will fullfill 2-month secondments, and Henrique Alves from Federal University of Alagoas (UFAL), which will stay for 6 months.


Daniele and Ricardo are MSc students at the School of Technology (FT-UNICAMP) supervised by with Prof. Regina Moraes and Prof. Ana Estela Silva on techniques and tools to help the agile developers dealing with user stories, mainly when the backlog size increases. The secondments will be useful for both to advance with their thesis works with contribution from the UC researchers. Ricardo is developing techniques to automatically group user stories according to their proximity, while Daniele is trying to find automatic ways to order this user stories according to which ones should be implemented first.


Daniele and Ricardo presented their work this week in the context of the regular seminars of CISUC-SSE group, which attracts local professors, researchers and students. Daniele presented “An Approach to Sequencing of Textual Requirements”, while Ricardo presented “The use of Text Clustering and Textual Similarity Measures to support the Scrum Framework”.


Henrique is a MSc student at the UFAL where he is advised by Prof. Baldoino Fonseca and Nuno Antunes (UC). The secondment will allow Henrique to advance his thesis works which has the goal of research ways to predict the existence of vulnerabilities based on characteristics of the software, such as code metrics. Currently, he is trying to find relations between software metrics of functions and the existence of software vulnerabilities. Regarding the presentation, Henrique is scheduled for the next week, to present his current work and the plans for the future.


Andrea Bondavalli secondment in Campinas

Published: Thursday, 20 August 2015


Prof. Andrea Bondavalli arrived on August 5 to Campinas for a secondment in the context of the DEVASSES project at University of Campinas (FT-UNICAMP).

Most of the secondment will be spent at the Institute of Computing, where diverse activities are planned with the local professors and students. This includes the “statutory” seminar, which in this secondment was on “Dependability modeling and analysis integrated in a model-driven engineering framework", and happened on August 17, and other seminars, such as “AMADEOS: bringing time awareness into the design of system-of-systems”, and also on “the GUARDS Architecture”.


This period also allows for lectures to graduate and undergraduate students on the themes of DEVASSES project, as part of the Transfer of Knowledge (ToK) activities and is also very useful for planning and coordination of future secondments of the UNIFI and UNICAMP teams.

Further ToK and dissemination activities were carried out, including visits and seminars at the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS), in Campo Grande (Aug. 14) and at the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), in São José dos Campos (Aug. 18).


Prof. Bondavalli is an Associate Professor at the University of Florence (UNIFI) where he leads the Resilient Computing Lab. His research activity is focused on safety, security, fault tolerance, evaluation of attributes such as reliability, availability and performability of complex systems and infrastructures. He is the Principal Investigator of UNIFI in DEVASSES.

UC Researchers at UNICAMP

Published: Wednesday, 12 August 2015


Naghmeh Ivaki and Prof. Nuno Laranjeiro are at Limeira, for two month secondments at School of Technology of the University of Campinas (FT-UNICAMP). During the secondments they will also have the opportunity to visit Campinas to collaborate in transfer of knowledge activities with the professors and students of the Institute of Computing (IC-UNICAMP).


Naghmeh is a PhD student at the DEI-UC. She obtained her Master of Science in Information Technology Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering in the Tarbiat Modares University (TMU), Tehran, Iran, in 2008. Her PhD work focuses on dependable distributed systems and her research interests also include security and big data.

Nuno is an Assistant Professor at the UC, and his research interests include experimental dependability evaluation of services, including robustness and interoperability assessment.


They made their presentations to the students of the FT, presenting their current work and recent results. Naghmeh presented the talk “Reliable Point-to-Point Communications: Design and Development Solutions”, in which she presented some of the current work of her PhD, while Nuno presented the talk on “Robust and Interoperable Services: Research at the University of Coimbra”.


During this period, they will be working with local professors, researchers and students to explore collaboration opportunities. Moreover, it will be possible to work with the local researchers on the topics targeted by the project work packages, including project deliverables under developments.


RADIANCE @ DSN and ToK Workshop #4

Published: Monday, 06 July 2015
Keynote Speaker


The first edition of the International Workshop on Recent Advances in the DependabIlity AssessmeNt of Complex systEms (RADIANCE) occurred in the 22nd of June together with DSN 2015 and the organization of the event is quite happy to say that it was a very successful event: it was “sharing the spotlight” with other 3 workshops and 2 tutorials, and thus it was quite satisfactory to see that it attracted an average attendance of about 30 researchers.


The workshop started with a Keynote by Bradley Schmerl on “Challenges in Engineering Dependable Self-Adaptive System” (slides here). Bradley is a Senior Systems Scientist at the ISR-CMU and presented the work that his research group has been doing to make self-adaptive systems more dependable. The keynote attracted questions that promoted a very interesting discussion that paved the way for the ensuing technical sessions.


UNICAMP from the sky

A total of 10 papers divided in four technical sessions: 1) Security and Dependability Analysis; 2) Agile Development and Natural Language Requirements; 3) Safety Assessment in Industrial Systems; and 4) Fault Injection for Complex Systems. The presentations showed novel techniques, some of them preliminary, which were able to foster the discussion and promote the transfer of knowledge among the participants.


The full program of the workshop can be found here and the papers will soon be available at the IEEEXplore.


Transfer of Knowledge Workshop #4

Taking advantage of a large number of DEVASSES researchers in Brazil, a ToK workshop was organized by Profs. Cecilia Rubira and Ariadne Carvalho at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP).


To get things started, Prof. Daniel Cordeiro (IME-USP) was invited to present a very interesting talk on “Deploying Large scale Service Compositions on the Cloud with the CHOReOS Enactment Engine“.


The workshop had time for each of the partners to present their recent research. Particularly, the students of UNICAMP had opportunity to present several ongoing works and receive feedback. There was also specific time to present the collaboration works that started with the DEVASSES secondments, with some them already concluded and resulting in publications.


The workshop had an average attendance of more than 20 researchers; the full list of presentations can be found here.


Together with the workshop there was a project management meeting where the partners of the project discussed the current status of the project and the next steps of the works.


Keynote speaker photo